Pre-IB English 9
5 October 2014
Fate or Human Choice? A debatable question that has lived for years is whether fate or human choice controls our lives. William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, divulges the answer. Both fate and human choice plays an important role in the plot of Romeo and Juliet. Fate controls what happens to Romeo and Juliet however their choices contribute to their fate. Peter running into Romeo and asking to him to read the letter is fate; however Romeo’s decision to go to the party and not tell anyone about his marriage to Juliet is human choice. Both Romeo and Juliet have to thank fate for their love. The two lovers met at Capulet’s party by chance. Peter, who cannot read, asks Romeo to read the letter with all the people who are invited to the party. Romeo reads the letter and sees Rosaline’s name on it. These events result in Romeo going to the party. If Peter did not run into Romeo he would never meet Juliet and he would be sad over Rosaline. He possibly would have met another girl if he did not go to the party. Romeo’s decision to go to the party is a result of fate leading him to Peter. After he reads Rosaline’s name on the letter, Benvolio says, “At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves with all the admired beauties of Verona. Go thither, and with unattained eye compare her face with some that I shall show, and I will make thee think thy swan a crow” (I, ii, 84-89). Romeo is not convinced but he says, “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendor of mine own” (I, ii, 103-104) and decides to go.
Romeo and Juliet decide to not tell anyone except for Friar Lawrence and the Nurse about their marriage. Romeo has a chance to tell his friends about his wedding with Juliet but does not take it. Fate brings Tybalt and Mercutio together and they battle. Tybalt and Mercutio would be alive if Romeo had told Mercutio about his marriage.